Stories

A ROM love story

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2000s

My fiancée, Raj, and I met through mutual friends and immediately began getting to know each other. We found that biggest thing we had in common was our love for history, so naturally we thought to go to the ROM for our first date. We met at the front doors and he was nice enough to be a gentleman...

Connecting with the Past

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1970s

I was 11 when my family moved to Toronto from a small Eastern Townships community an hour from Montreal. A school field trip into the city was a big deal! Actually moving and living in a big city was a really huge deal! Changing schools and moving so far from friends was not easy for me in my early...

James Cruise, Director 1975- 85

James Cruise, Director 1975- 85

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1970s

James Cruise is appointed Director.  A botanist, he has been recruited from the University of Toronto. For the next decade, he oversees physical expansion and a new mission that is captioned “Meaningful Survival”. Almost immediately, the dream must be revised, as the provincial government...

A New Presence on Queen's Park Crescent

A New Presence on Queen's Park Crescent

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1930s

New wing opens at a cost of $1.8m. Staff have their own keys to the new front door and many have a numbered parking space in the courtyard.

Talking Heads

Talking Heads

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2010s

An assignment for class, everyone was asked to make a 30 second commercial for the ROM. When we got there I still had no idea what I was going to do for mine until I saw a Luohan sitting in the middle of a hallway and thought, "What if he could talk?" and then he spoke to me...

My Piece of the ROM

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2000s

Sometime during the ROM Renaissance, I went to a members' event and was given a marble remnant of the ROM foundation dating back to 1932. I still have it in the pouch it came in.

Approval to Begin is Secured

Approval to Begin is Secured

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1900s

Approval for cost-sharing between the University and the Government of Ontario means that construction can begin.   Edmund Osler who is Chairman of the Conservative caucus twists the Premier’s arm by offering to cover costs himself. He becomes an original Board member and is a faithful donor.

Madeleine Fritz, Pioneer Scientist

Madeleine Fritz, Pioneer Scientist

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1930s

There were many firsts for Dr. Fritz.. She joined the Palaeontology department in 1927, having completed her doctorate (the first woman to receive a PhD in Geology at U of T) under Dr. Parks. She loved teaching and was a prolific writer. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (the...

Timelapse of the Renaissance ROM Project

Timelapse of the Renaissance ROM Project

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2000s

This timelapse takes the project from demolition to opening. 

PROM- a New Tradition

PROM- a New Tradition

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2000s

Young Patron's Circle hosts the inaugural party called PROM in the tradition of excellent parties.